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When are Floridians Most Likely to Divorce?


Florida has had one of the highest divorce rates in the country for the past several years. The divorce rate in the state is 13.2 percent, with only three other states having a higher rate. There are many reasons a couple may choose to get a divorce but as it turns out, there are also times when Floridians are more likely to get a divorce than others.

Many Couples Divorce in Their Forties

When a spouse or couple is in their late forties, divorce may be more likely than it was when the couple was younger. Even though couples are marrying later on in life today, many couples are still marrying for the first time in their 20s and 30s. A few years after that, the couple may have children and spend the next ten to twenty years raising them. By the time a couple is in their forties, particularly their late forties, the couple has typically already raised their family, and the children may have even moved out of the house.

Many people find that reaching their mid or late forties is an exciting time. They may have more time to travel, make expensive purchases they had been putting off, and more. However, it is not uncommon for couples to start thinking about divorce at this time, either. Along with the other major changes taking place, one or both spouses may also want to start with a clean slate, which may include divorce.

The Eight-Year Mark is a Common Time for Divorce

Many couples have heard about the ‘seven-year-itch’ and there is some evidence that it still happens. The average length of a marriage in the United States is 8.2 years. This may be indicative of the fact that people start thinking about ending their marriage at around the seven-year mark and then file within a year or so of that time.

Gray Divorces are Becoming More Prevalent

While some couples may divorce after seven years or so, and sometimes even sooner, other couples may wait much longer. Gray divorces occur when a couple or one spouse is over the age of 50 when they end their marriage. Since the 1990s, the rate of gray divorces has doubled, and the number of divorces involving couples over 65 have tripled since that time.

Gray divorces are becoming more common for a number of reasons. People are living longer today and as a result, they are less willing to remain stuck in an unhappy marriage. It is also not uncommon for people aged 50 and older to have been married before. Second and third marriages are much more likely to result in divorce, regardless of the age of the couple.

Our Florida Family Lawyers Can Help with Your Case

If you are considering divorce, regardless of your age, you should always speak to an Orlando family lawyer that can assist with your case. At O’Mara Law Group, our seasoned attorneys can guide you through the divorce process and ensure you receive the fair settlement you deserve. Call us at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation so we can review your case.


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